Hey there, I am Pam Lamba. I’m from Thunder Bay. I am a returning student to Lakehead University as I graduated with my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree 5 years ago. I am now enrolled in my Master’s program for this September. I am super excited to start my Masters but quite nervous as well.
I look back to when I was first entering Lakehead University in my undergraduate years and it was so weird because I was a college transfer student, so I went in directly into 3rd year. It was so weird because everybody already made friends and study groups from the first two years of university and I was this completely new person who didn’t know anyone! It was very intimidating and scary navigating myself around these classes and familiarizing myself with the professors, but looking back, I wish I could have attended Orientation for that reason alone! You get to make friends and that is so important when starting off in university. Social connections and being engaged in things outside of school and classes is key. Otherwise, you don’t get the full fun experience of being a university student.
My experience at Lakehead has honestly been one of the best university experiences ever. I tried out a bigger university for a year in Toronto after high school when I was 17 and quickly learned how I took the little things for granted. At Lakehead, the campus is a lot smaller and the buildings are all relatively close to each other. You are not stressing about rushing from one class to another – you can make it on time. Tim Horton’s is right on campus with two locations, so you can get your “pick me up” on the way to class. The Professors at Lakehead are some of the friendliest, approachable, and helpful people that are here to actually help you succeed. You’ll find some professors prefer more structured office hours, but some are willing to help you anytime they are free! Take advantage of that because that is one of the key things that helped me succeed in my undergrad. The classes I was not doing so well, I used every office hour and extra time my professor was willing to give me when I asked for it, when I was struggling. I pretty much lived in the library during exams and major assignment times, but I quickly found my favourite cubicle on the 3rd floor. The study rooms are awesome when working on group projects and some of them are quite fancy with the flat screen TVs to work on presentations. The Outpost is another great place to chill and study and more of a relaxed vibe where you can watch a major sports game on the big screen – Great pub food! Overall, the University is simple, easy to navigate around, and staff are fast in responding to your inquiries whether it’s about your university application or booking an appointment with an Academic Advisor. Because of the fact that it is not a huge university gives you can get the individualised attention if you want it.
Currently, I am just enjoying the beautiful summer here in Thunder Bay. I adventured off to beautiful west coast for a week right after exams and spent some time exploring Vancouver and Victoria for the first time ever! FYI… Thunder Bay is one of the top 10 sunniest cities in Canada! My annual girls camping trip is coming up in July, so i’m getting excited for that. There are some awesome camp sites, hiking trails, and fishing spots if you’re into the outdoors. If you are not the outdoorsy type, there is a great entertainment scene in downtown Thunder Bay by the beautiful Marina.
If you’re thinking about coming to Lakehead as one of your options, I highly recommend coming and actually checking out the campus in person, it is best way for you to see how cool and chill the campus really is. It’s a good way to get a head start and see where places are, see how much fun it would be, and maybe even run into Wolfie, our Team mascot.